- Tel: 020 8546 7711
Run UK has announced Kingston Hospital Charity as the official charity for two local running events in November. As the NHS is 70 this year, we are asking our runners to commit to raise £70 or more for Kingston Hospital Charity - all those that do will receive one of the charity's branded running vests.
The race starts and finishes at Old Deer Park adjacent to the A316 – post code TW9 2SF. The run provides a scenic route with most of the course following the River Thames.
The race starts and finishes at the Kingston Hawker Centre situated in Lower Ham Road KT2 5BH.
Gabrielle Bambridge (Consultant Obstetrician) and Helen Green (Midwife) ran Paris and London marathons in April 2017 to raise funds for our Maternity Services. Here are their stories.
Paris Marathon - April 9th, 2017
I specialise in high risk obstetrics in particular women with diabetes, but also have a keen interested in hypertension/inflammatory bowel disease/twins/those who have had a previous caesarean etc etc.
These women quite often need medical intervention in labour, monitoring and frequent medical reviews. This is not their fault, but a simple fact. Sadly when you look at obstetric led units many look like a hospitals - Bright lights, antiseptic smelling, equipment all over the place and a rather firm uncomfortable chair for the birth partner & don't get me started on the beds and stirrups!
So what difference does this make?
When you're pregnant you change. Your life becomes more about protecting the wee person inside of you over anything and everything. It's hardly surprising that those who develop risk factors can become highly anxious and scared. The environment we put them in currently does not help this. It certainly doesn't scream "relax" it screams "you're so high risk look at this room this is how worried we are about you". Your stress hormone inhibits the hormone that causes contractions and a cascade of events is set in motion with increasing intervention....
Thus I propose, and there is plenty of evidence to support this, women labour better in an environment that is conducive to birth. Women want to be comfortable, they want privacy, to be able to control lighting, temperature, have their partner with them also comfortable and able to support them (rather than contorted in an NHS plastic chair).
So.... I raised funds for Kingston maternity unit to improve the birth environment for those that have to deliver on labour ward.
Improving maternal experience, promoting normality and improving outcomes for mother, baby and the entire family.
London Marathon - April 23rd, 2017
I was lucky enough to get a place for the London Marathon through a charity that is close to my heart! Not only is it my very own hospital but raising funds for a bereavement counsellor for my own Maternity department.
Nobody wants to think about the sad times that happen within a maternity unit but unfortunately it happens all to often. We are lucky to have had a new bereavement suite added onto our department in November 2015 providing a safe, secure, comforting area away from the normal hustle and bustle of maternity which can be all to distressing for families at this time.
So what are we missing? We are missing a dedicated bereavement counsellor to work along side families during and after their loss.
Kingston Maternity want to offer ongoing support to families who have suffered a loss and have someone specifically dedicated to them to help talk through what has happened. But as always these things come at a cost! so any funds I raise whilst training to run 26.2 miles around the city will go towards providing this for our women and their families.
We care for women and their families across South West London area. We aim to make every birth special and ensure that hopes and expectations are met in this special experience. Our philosophy of care is to put women at the centre of our service and fundraising will enable us to invest in this.
Take part in an event and set up your own fundraising page through JustGiving